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The Bird in Sarasota - Ta-da!

July 10, 2014

During a conversation with a work colleague this week I stated the following about my beloved Orioles: "If they could get their starting pitching together, they'd be in good shape." To which he replied, "Aren't they in first place?"

Nelson Cruz (Sarasota)

July 7, 2014

Monday night's win in Washington was fun, and I don't mean just a little bit.

Wild Bill Hagy Ad

July 1, 2014

Something magic is in fact happening for the Orioles in 2014. It may not be every time you go, but it is more often than the competition.

Brooks Robertson Card

June 27, 2014

Earlier this week, Adrian Beltre became the sixth major leaguer to reach 2,500 hits among those who have played the majority of their careers at third base. This week’s Flashback Friday looks at the Orioles’ representative on that esteemed list, Brooks Robinson.

Walk-Off Image

June 23, 2014

After the Orioles wrapped up a series win in the Bronx that rising cult figure Steve Pearce identified as a sign of his team's resilience, you couldn't have blamed the baseball gods if they whispered into the collective ears of Baltimore baseball fans, "Chill out." 

1954 Orioles Opening Day Program

June 20, 2014

The 53 home runs that Chris Davis hit in 2013 to establish a new single season Orioles record stand on their own without embellishment. But on this, the diamond anniversary of the Orioles' arrival in Baltimore, let's go ahead and add to the legend.

Davis hit more home runs last season than the entire 1954 Orioles team combined.

Final tally: Chris Davis - 53, 1954 Orioles - 52.

(Note: The 1955 Orioles got preemptive revenge on Davis by hitting one more home run than he did in 2013).

Robert Andino Card

June 16, 2014

Whenever I attend a minor league game I scan each team's roster to locate former Orioles. Sometimes the task requires a long memory. Not so in 2014.

One-third of the position players from the Orioles' 2012 playoff team - nine of the 27 guys who appeared in a non-pitching role - have logged time in Triple A baseball this year. These are the guys trying to make it back to the bigs, not players on injury assignment. Depending how you view Nolan Reimold, you could add one to the overall total.

Dad and I at that 2010 game

June 15, 2014

I don't remember the first time my dad took me to the ballpark. I do have a lifetime of memories of trips to Memorial Stadium, Camden Yards, and other baseball venues with him. Even then, no specific visit stands out the most.

Sure, there were plenty of special occasions - birthdays, playoff games and opening days to name a few. And then there were the days when simply catching a game was the occasion. I've especially come to appreciate those as the opportunities to do so now have become less frequent. Each game has been meaningful in its own way.

Manny Machado Batting (Spring Training)

June 9, 2014

There aren't many Manny Machado defenders out there after a weekend series that featured a bizarre series of incidents that culminated with the bat slip/toss in the eighth inning of Sunday's blowout loss to the Oakland A's.